Magny-Cours: Clivio Piccione preview

Clivio on top form for France Clivio Piccione is determined to maintain his race-winning momentum this weekend in Magny Cours after claiming his first GP2 victory at the Nurburgring last month. Clivio won the second race in Germany following...

Clivio on top form for France

Clivio Piccione is determined to maintain his race-winning momentum this weekend in Magny Cours after claiming his first GP2 victory at the Nurburgring last month.

Clivio won the second race in Germany following a lengthy on-track battle with rivals Nelson Piquet Jnr and Nico Rosberg. After overtaking race leader Neel Jani, Clivio went on to build up a 6.8 second lead over the rest of the competition before the chequered flag came down.

Clivio continued his blistering pace at the official GP2 test at Le Castellet on 14th and 15th June and managed to rack up another unofficial win. Prior to the two-day test, the GP2 series organisers staged a kart race on the Paul Ricard kart track with 18 of the 24 GP2 drivers taking part. Clivio was partnered with his on track rival Nelson Piquet Jr and the two drivers stormed to victory with a full 30 second lead over the rest of the competition.

Back behind the wheel of the Durango, Clivio underlined his pace and determination by posting the second fastest time on Day One of the official test and the fourth fastest on the following day.

Going into the fifth round of the GP2 Championship in France, Clivio lies in 11th place in the Championship standings with 8 points. The Monegasque driver is confidant he can repeat his race winning performance and is eager to prove his form.

Clivio: "Standing on the podium in Germany and hearing the Monegasque national anthem has definitely given me a taste for winning! I'm really fired up for Magny Cours and can't wait to get out and prove I can win again. I started thinking about the next races while I was still at the Nurburgring so I've had my sights set on Magny Cours for a long time now. Although there's been a long gap between races, I've been really pushing hard in training and keeping my focus for this weekend. I'm really ready for it and my results from the test at Le Castellet gave me a huge boost. We've got a great car and we are confident we have found a good set-up for Magny Cours. I've not raced at the circuit yet but I'm going to concentrate on learning the technical parts of the track over the next couple of days. I'm looking forward to getting out there and proving I've got what it takes to win more GP2 races."

- www.cliviopiccione.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Nelson Piquet , Nico Rosberg , Clivio Piccione , Neel Jani